With the Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln being nominated for prestigious awards such as the Golden Globe and Academy Awards, we felt it was no better time than now to do a blog about President Lincoln.
Where is The House Where Lincoln Died?
The Petersen House (House Where Lincoln Died) is the concluding stop in Washington, DC on the tour of Ford’s Theater across the street, and entry is only open to visitors who have their timed tickets from that tour. In other words, you can’t visit the Petersen House on your own. Located at 516 10th Street Washington, DC, the Petersen House is a modest red brick townhouse constructed by William A. Petersen, a German tailor, in 1849. The Petersen House is three-story and a basement.
That Fateful Night April 14, 1865
After President Abraham Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theater, the people wanted to take him to the hospital in Washington, DC but decided against it because the road was too bumpy and they thought that President Lincoln might not survive the ride. It was among the confusion that someone yelled from across the street of Ford theater to bring the president to the modest Petersen House… or now known as The House Where Lincoln Died. On that night of April 14, 1865 the mortally wounded president was carried to a back bedroom in this house.
The Petersen family aided as they could, although on this highly intense night their home was no longer their own. Many of Lincoln’s people would come and go through the Washington, DC residence to pay their last respects to the dying president. Soldiers stood guard inside and out of the Petersen House to keep the growing crowd from entering the home. While doctors cared for the president the Petersen family and some of the boarders spent the night in the basement.
At 7:22 am, April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln died in the back bedroom of this humble house.
Families, tourist and Washington, DC residents have the opportunity of touring the Petersen House. Acquired by Ford’s Theater Society in 2007, the Petersen House features permanent exhibits on two levels of the three-level and basement townhome. The exhibits in the Petersen House show the aftermath of Lincoln’s death and the evolution of Lincoln’s legacy. A few of the things visitors will see when visiting the House Where Lincoln Died is the actual pillow President Lincoln laid his head on. The tour includes three rooms in the house that are furnished in 1865 period pieces; none of the furniture is original to the house.
Visitors use the same ticket that they used to tour Ford’s Theatre. The House is open 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. Visitors will enter The Center for Education and Leadership from the back porch of the Petersen House.Ford’s Theater 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-4833 http://www.fordstheatre.org/
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. Entry only with timed ticket from Ford’s Theatre tour
Transportation: Metro: Metro Center (11th and G sts. exit)
Price: Free admission
Located a mere 6 minutes from the Holiday Inn Washington, DC- Central White House Hotel, the Petersen House and Ford Theater are great and educational points of interest when visiting Washington, DC. Leave the car parked in our underground parking garage, and take public transportation or rent a bike through Capital Bikeshare and visit The Petersen House.
Not only is the Holiday Inn Washington, DC- Central White House Hotel just moments from the Ford Theater, but also many other Lincoln inspired memorials and monuments. Our hotel is located in walking distance to the Lincoln Memorial and the White House.
Holiday Inn Washington DC recently renovated hotel features a roof top pool, full-service restaurant, complimentary wi-fi and complimentary washer/dryer for all hotel guests. The hotel is walking distance to monuments, museums, and the business district. Major attractions are only minutes away.
This downtown Washington, DC Hotel is located at the northwest corner of 15th street & Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
•6 blocks north of the White House.
•6 blocks north-west of the Washington DC Convention Center.
•4 blocks north of the McPherson Square -Vermont Ave./White House exit
•4 blocks south-west of Dupont Circle Station Metro Subway
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